Farewell 2012, and hello 2013!!

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.”
— Edith Lovejoy Pierce

Dearest readers, thank you so much for reading, following and liking my blogs!    Many blessings for 2013 and may tonight’s New Year’s Eve celebration be filled with laughter, good food, plenty of bubbly libation, and the company of those you hold dear! 

And, as always, a very special shout-out to my family and friends across the globe, but especially in:

New Zealand

Australia (Eucumbene/NSW, Sydney, Perth)


Greece (Athens, Glyfada, Kalamata, Meropi)

Malta (Il-Kappara, Madliena, Naxxar, Sliema, Senglea, Ta’Xbiex, Valletta,  … )

The Netherlands

England (Henley-on-Thames, London, Southampton, Worcestershire, … )

♦ Scotland (Laird/Scottish Highlands)

Canada (BC <West Vancouver, Victoria>, AB <Calgary>, ON< Ajax, Bainsville, Burlington,  Dundas, Mississauga, Oakville, Ottawa,  Pickering, Scarborough, Smith Falls, Toronto,Welland, Windsor,  ….>, and QC <Anjou, Beaconsfield, Côte St. Luc, DDO, Harrington, LaSalle, Laval, Montréal, N.D.G., Outremont, Pointe Claire,  …> )

United States (FL <Coconut Grove, Cooper City, Coral Gables, Coral Springs, Lake Worth, Miami,  Orlando…>, AL <Mobile>, KY <Winchester>, NC <Apex, Charlotte, Mooresville,  …), NY <NYC>, CT <Fairfield>, RI <Providence>, MA <Boston>, OH, IA, CO <Denver>, CA <Ben Lomond, Boulder Creek,  Campbell, Los Gatos,  San Jose, San Francisco,…>)

Stay tuned tomorrow for the first of my seven New Year’s Revelations (not to be confused with resolutions!).  And a new chapter begins ….



Book launching soon … but not before the editors have their merry way with it


Book Update:  The manuscript for  “Casualties of the Recession Depression”  is now in the editing stage!  The anticipated book launch date is February 26, 2013!  I’ll keep you posted …

If I could physically do cartwheels, I would ….  Cartwheels

You’ve seen it before, but here it is (again) … the book cover:


Image (editing, top of page) by Nic’s events, (cartwheel sketch) by justquitthing.com.

For Auld Lang Syne

Each year, I like to pay homage to the men and women (whether known to me personally or not) who have touched my life or the lives of those nearest and dearest to me, and who have taken their final curtain call.  In their memory, I give them a standing ovation and raise my glass of champagne in their honour.



Holiday wishes from heatherfromthegrove

Christmas palm tree

“What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace.”  — Agnes M. Pharo

From my home to yours, I wish you all the blessings of the holiday season.  May you savour your feast, revel in the company of those you love most, and bow your head in thanks for all the goodness in your life.

Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays!

Warmest Wishes,



Giving thanks and praise


As long as we are able to breathe, think, and feel … there is hope.  In this, the holy season of  love and kindness, most of us experience a heightened awareness of how truly precious our family and friends are to us.  It’s not that we take them for granted throughout the rest of the year.  But, in the spirit of the season, we stop and take pause … and give thanks.

In 2012, a lot of very dear people in my life have navigated their way through a turbulent year — scary surgical procedures, illnesses,  financial hardship, death (of a family member or friend), divorce, and recurring cancer of one type or another.  All of them — despite some daunting challenges — have managed to reach the end of the year with their sanity (and life) still intact.  We humans are a remarkably resilient race!

To them — and to you, dear readers —  I raise my festive glass of mulled wine in celebration of their (and your) strength and grace.  Santé! 

ABOVE THE CLOUDS  (by W. Taylor Hammond)

Above the clouds the sun is ever shining

While sunbeams vie to make the heavens glow

The eagle soars aloft on wings reclining,

While tempest rages violently below.


She knows her place of rest above the thunder

For eagles wings are taught of God to rise

Above the clouds to feel the glorious wonder

Of everlasting calm amid the skies.


So may it be with you in sorrow

As storms of grief and trial weave their shrouds

There is a place of refuge for the morrow—-

You’ll find it if you rise above the clouds


Above the clouds—-I mean of earth’s repining—

The child of faith may rise on eagle’s wings

To find the Sun of Righteousness e’er shining

And peace transcending all these earthly things.



Image from calgarypsychology.com.

Madness and Manuscripts



“I am a great believer in luck, and I find the  harder I work, the more I have of it.”

—  Stephen Leacock

Despite my hacking cough, scratchy throat and broken voice …. the manuscript for  “Casualties of the Recession Depression”  is (amazingly) still on schedule for completion on December 21st!!!

ISBN numbers, bar codes, and copyright registration are all in the works.  Sales/marketing/distribution channels are waiting the “go ahead” signal.  Book launch date will be in February 2013 (exact date TBD).

I am very tired, but beyond thrilled.

And, as always, I am one loop away from being totally loopy.

Stay tuned …